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Give to you local church or 501.
The first story tells it all. A large national cancer charities raising over one billion dollars but not able to provide patient assistance. The remaining reviews told of the wonderful help through resources (referring cancer victims to other organizations) and pamphlets on cancer prevention and treatment. None of the reviews answer the problem of providing financial assistance to those victims who fall through the crack for those whom an educational pamphlet on prevention is too late.
American Cancer Society is a national nonprofit organization that FIGHTS BACK against cancer through research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Funding for this organization is raise through local communities events such as: Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC - 5K Walk/Run), Tropical Gala, and Cattle Barons' Ball. Each event is unique in that it offers a variety of ways to support ACS, depending on your preferance of venue. Whether its a night out, dressed up to enjoy auctions and entertainment, or a morning run/walk in your favorite workout clothes, or maybe even an over-night camping event to show your support through onsite fundraising...all are ways to support ACS's mission and helps fund the fight against cancer. I am a local Community Representative and I oversee 4 Relay For Life events (Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs, Geneva/Chuluota, and East Orange). Everyday, I experience the effects of cancer. Sometimes its through stories volunteers tell me, other times its watching as a patient visits our gift room. Through these experiences I have learned that we have to fight back. In every story told or gift room vist, there's always a gift of hope that is present. That hope is what ACS offers to its community. Its sad when I see a woman walking in with a scarf on her head because chemo has cause her to loose her hair, I can see the insecurity and embarrasment in her eyes as she has as she checks in to visit the room. ACS offer hope in providing wigs at no charge. It may not free her from cancer, but it does give her hope in self confidence and reassurance in being able to feel good. Cancer may cause many challenges to the physical body, but one challenge it should never cause is insecurity and embarassment. ACS has defeated cancers emotional challenge through its gifts and serivices. I've heard stories of men traveling far away for treatment and fearing not being able to make bills because of the financial stress trying to juggle daily home and travel expenses. ACS offer programs to financially support families dealing with these issues. These are very real issues that happen everyday. ACS gives hope in lodging at no charge through our Hope Lodges to decrease the amount of time and travel for patients in treatment. Road to Recovery provides local rides to and from appointments to those who cannot drive themselves or have no means of transportation. Gas cards can also be given through this program for those who have transportation, but financially cannot afford the constant trips of hospital and doctors visits. American Cancer Society gives hope and hope is while I pride myself as an employee and as a volunteer of this oraganization and its mission. Get involved with your local American Cancer Society...hope is the answer and for anyone hope can be given or received. 1-800-ACS-2345 www.cancer.org
My commitment to the American Cancer Society has spanned nearly 3 decades. Over that time, remarkable advancements have been made that were a direct result of the work of the American Cancer Society and it's thousands of volunteers. Advances like more lives saved because of better cancer fighting drugs and early detection of cancers. More children are surviving cancer because of better treatments developed through ACS funded research. More people live in smokefree cities and work in smokefree worksites because of the Society's advocacy efforts and the volunteers who tirelessly devote their time to clearing the air. Through research, advocacy, patient services and education the American Cancer Society is helping people live longer and more healthy lives. When my grandmother died from breast cancer in the early '80's, there was little help for her. Now, because of the American Cancer Society, people have the help, support and reassurance that the ACS is there, fighting for them and helping them get better. I'm an ACS lifer!